Metal is too good for Nazis.
Want to help us fight back? email@example.com // @blackflagsovrBK
The worldwide rise of violent white supremacy and fascism has put every one of us—but especially those in marginalized communities—at risk, and metal should not be allowed to become a breeding ground for right-wing extremism.
My name is Kim Kelly, and I'm a writer, editor, and radical organizer based in NYC. I've been covering heavy metal and its culture for the past 15 years in a wide range of publications—from Terrorizer and Decibel to NPR, VICE, and the New York Times—and have been booking shows since I was too young to legally drink at them. This festival is the culmination of my (and my fellow organizers') work over the past few years, and brings together two things that are incredibly dear to my cold black heart: the ongoing struggle against fascism, and heavy fucking metal.
As we all know, metal is an incredibly vibrant, diverse subculture. Unfortunately, there's a small but vocal contingent of traitors in our midst who care more about gatekeeping and upholding toxic ideologies like white supremacy, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry in general than in seeing the genre thrive.
This festival is for those of us who reject and push back against that poison—who adhere to the mantra that "metal is for everyone (except Nazis)," and who are committed to cleaning up our own backyard. The artists on this lineup are all very different, but are all united under the same ethos: FUCK NSBM.
It's time to raise the black flag, throw the horns, and take our scene back! 🏴
We're using Kickstarter to raise funds for this festival because, simply put, the people behind this event aren't exactly swimming in it, and festivals are expensive—especially when you're committed to making sure every person involved, from the bar staff to the headlining band, are properly compensated for their time and labor.
With that being said, we've drummed up a bunch of cool perks and extras from friends and comrades across the metal and radical worlds to serve as incentives, and hope that, even if you're not able to join us in person, you'll consider tossing in a few bucks for the cause!
*If you choose the tote bag/backpatch option, please drop us a line to let us know which one you want. If you choose a T-shirt, please let us know what size you need: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
The biggest concerns we've got to juggle are budget and time - two finite resources in a very unpredictable world. We started planning this back in September, and are very much on track right now, but since we're still struggling under the iron fist of capitalism, money remains a concern - we want to make sure all of our friends are well taken care of, and that everyone leaves happy and energized for the battles ahead.
We've got to cover travel costs, housing, food, drinks, and playing fees for our artists, as well as venue costs, promo costs, printing costs, and an "oh shit" contingency fund in case of emergencies. The organizers are hoping to have enough scratch left over after all's said and done to pay ourselves something for the past few months of work, and to be able to donate a decent sum to a worthy cause like a local bail fund, legal fund, or strike fund.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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